Sunday, September 18, 2011

C3 Church Live Blogging: Love

This weekend, C3 Church begins a new series entitled, "LOVE." Stay tuned during the 9:15 and 11:15 services for a live blog of Pastor Matt Fry's sermon. Refresh this page during those hours for a regularly updated post.

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10:22 am
If you would like to make a fresh start in your life and receive God's love, pray this prayer: Dear God, I realize I've sinned and I need you. Please forgive me and come into my heart. Thank you for dying on the cross and rising from the grave. Thank you for giving me eternal and abundant life. In Jesus' name. Pastor Matt Fry.
10:18 am
The goal of this series, which will go on for the next few months, is to go crazy about love. Pastor Matt gives four challenges: 1) Read 1 Corinthians 13 each week, 2) Get the book "Love Revolution" by Joyce Meyers, 3) Get into a Connect Group, and 4) Thinks of some acts of kindness and forward them on to the C3 Church staff. One idea is to pay for someone else's food in a drive through window. 
10:16 am
Without love it's all about YOU and YOUR PURPOSE and YOUR AGENDA.
10:14 am
A man reaps what you sow. If you sow for the flesh that leads to destruction. If you sow for the Lord, you will be blessed. It all begins with love from God. Paul told us what love is. Love is that God sent his son to die on the cross for our sins. 
10:12 am
Demonstrating love is better than giving to the poor. Giving to the poor is also giving to the Lord. However, if we boast about our giving to the poor then it's not love. We should give to the poor out of love. There is a Biblical principle that if you give then you will receive. If you pay your tithes, then God will bless you. You cannot out give God.
10:10 am
Love gives the mission and meaning of faith. 
10:08 am
Demonstrating love is better than having mountain moving faith. It's good to have faith. It's good to believe that God will deliver miracles, healing, and positive change in our communities. Faith alone is not enough. That's good, but if we don't have love behind it then we can really get messed up. If we're not careful, we can become arrogant. On the other side, if we have faith and pray, without love, we become arrogant (if answered prayer) or lose faith (if our prayers are not answered). With faith and love, it doesn't matter the outcome, you will still love God.
10:07 am
Knowledge is good, but we have to know God of the Word.
10:05 am
Demonstrating love is better than having head knowledge. If our heads are filled with knowledge then we can become arrogant, prideful, or critical spirit. Often, we mask that arrogance in religion. Paul says that knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Knowledge doesn't give you compassion for hurting people. Having love allows to care for others the way Jesus did.
10:03 am
Demonstrating love is better than your spiritual gifts. Let love be your highest goal. Love gives passion, direction, and meaning. Spiritual gifts are important. Spiritual gifts are apart of building a better community and church, but they are not more important than LOVE. Love must drive our gifts.
10:52 am
If you don't have love, then it's just like a clanging cymbal. It's like making a bunch of noise. Pastor Matt used the band to demonstrate how aggravating cymbals are when played by themselves. However, if you add the band, those cymbals now become apart of the whole. When we, as Christians, learn to work together with other believers, we can create something wonderful that brings glory to God.
9:50 am
One of the issues Paul saw with Corinth is their misunderstanding of LOVE. Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 13 what love is really all about. He begins by telling us what love is not. There are five things starting with, "Demonstrating love is better than speaking every language on the planet."
9:46 am
Foundational scripture:  1 Corinthians 13 (also known as the love chapter). Paul is writing to the church of Corinth because the church had gone wild. There were tons of problems.  
9:44 am
What is love all about? We really need to know what love is because love affects every area of our life. We cannot let the world, Devil, or media tell us what love is all about. We need to let the Word (Bible) tell us what love is all really about. Love is not a feeling or an emotion. We're talking about agape love, unconditional love.
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